Demetra Pontisakos
Attorney at Law
                              
15 Front Street 
                                                           Salem, MA 01970
 
                                                                       
   


                                                                                                    
 

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

EDUCATION:

Union College, Schenectady, NY
Bachelor of Arts, 1982
Psychology and Arts

New England Law|Boston
Juris Doctor, 1985

Southern Connecticut State University
Master of Library Science, 2008

BAR ADMISSIONS:

I am admitted to practice law before the following courts and jurisdictions:

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, admitted December 1985

State of New Hampshire, admitted January 2004

State of New York, admitted October, 2003

United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, admitted 1986

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit, admitted 1987
PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND:

I graduated from New England Law|Boston in 1985, and was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in December 1985. I have practiced law in both the public sector and the private sector. Therefore, I have had the privilege and the opportunity to represent individuals from all walks of life, with varying cultural and economic backgrounds, and with a broad range of legal and financial concerns.

My legal experience in both the public and private sectors has given me a broad perspective in practice. I have successfully handled a wide-variety of family law matters, inlcuding divorce, paternity, custody, child support, alimony, prenuptial agreements, adoption, guardianship
, grandparent visitation, Department of Children and Families (DCF) matters, Department of Revenue/Child Support (DOR) matters, inter-jurisdictional matters, and property division and the establishment of de-facto parent-child relationships in the context of non-traditional families.

I started my career as an associate in a small general practice law firm in Essex County in 1986, where I handled family law cases, personal injury cases, and criminal cases. 

From 1988-1994, I held the position of Supervising Attorney of the Family Law Unit at Merrimack Valley Legal Services, Inc., in Lawrence, MA where I developed an expertise in child custody matters and domestic violence matters in the context of divorce, paternity and guardianship. While at Legal Services, I also handled child abduction matters and interstate child custody matters.

From 1994-1997, I joined my colleague, Mary Rudolph Black in the private practice of law in Gloucester, MA, where I focused my practice on family law and general civil litigation. 

From 1997-2001 I was an attorney in the litigation department of the Massachusetts Department of Revenue/Child Support Enforcement Division where I handled child support establishment and child support enforcement matters in the Essex County and Middlesex County Probate & Family Courts.  

From 2001-2006, I held the position of Senior Associate at Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill, MA where I handled complex domestic relations and civil litigation matters in both the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the State of New Hampshire. 

In 2006, I relocated my law practice to Salem, MA, where I started my own practice in an "Of Counsel" arrangement to Louis J. Muggeo & Associates, LLC, and later expanded my practice as a sole practitioner to my current location.
 
AFFILIATIONS:

Fellow of the
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

Member of the Board of Directors of the
Essex County Bar Association.

Member of the
Massachusetts Bar Association, the New Hamsphire Bar Association, the Salem Bar Association (Salem, MA), and the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council

Mentor to the Women's Bar Foundation pro-bono private bar panel, and the Massachusetts Bar Association mentor program.

Conciliator, Essex County Probate & Family Court.

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